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Favourite Container Garden Plants

Updated on April 19, 2011

container gardens

Containers make gardening accessible to anyone who has even a small space to place them. The container can be on a balcony, patio, deck, table top, in a back or front yard or on a fire escape, just about anywhere the plant(s) in the container get what they need to grow and thrive.

You can grow a wide range of plants in containers as long as the size of the container matches the growth of the plant: either too big or too small makes a difference in the plant’s development.

I always have at least one container on the go and there are specific plants that I prefer to grow in containers.

Tomatoes from the cherry to the beefsteak will be happy in a container and I usually grow three to six plants this way. Some years the tomato patch is larger with tomatoes both in the ground and in containers and some year’s it is much smaller. The size, type and number of plants, all dependent upon the site, and how much time I have.

This past summer I had nine tomato plants, three cherry and six Early Girl, which is a hybrid and not one I usually grow but they were a gift do grow them I did. All the plants performed up t expectations, however, next year, I will focus on the large end of the tomato varieties and grow beefsteaks in honour of my father who loved them and raised them for years.

Basil is another constant, if I am planting tomatoes, I am planting basil. This herb loves the sun and gets thirsty so do tomatoes. I often grow tomatoes and basil in the same container and for tomato sauce well without basil it is simply not finished.

I find that green peppers also do well in containers and have grown them on balcony and in the backyard.

I prefer to grow most other vegetables in a raised bed but a container herb garden nearby is a good idea. Most herbs do well in pots and I grow chamomile, chives, parsley and a number of others as well.

Daffodils, gladiolas and tulips enjoy containers and when you grow them this way you can palce them on the front steps as long as the spot gets six hours of sun each day and have these early season plants greet you when you come home from a day at the office. They also cheer up the space before other plants take hold.

Plants need sun, light, air and water no matter where you grow them, give them what they need and they will thrive.

my container garden

Pail garden , Bob Ewing photo
Pail garden , Bob Ewing photo


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

  • Storytellersrus profile image


    9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

    I do love your hubs. They are so inspiring. And my mouth waters when I consider the taste of garden tomatoes... yum!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    I will have to try planting tomatoes that way, thanks for dropping by.

  • reddog1027 profile image


    9 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    I found your ideas on container gardening very helpful. I will do more this year. Another fast and easy way to do tomatoes (as long as you are not fussy about looks) is to take a large bag of topsoil. Using a sharp knife make a large X in the center and plant the tomato seedling. It gives the plant plenty of soil and cuts down on the watering. This is especially good for tomatoes that need a lot of root space.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, here it is still some months away, just came in from shovelling snow, again, thanks for dropping by.

  • Sandyspider profile image

    Sandy Mertens 

    9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    Great advice. I can't wait for Spring.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    I have only tried zuchini in contaiers once and it was a mini variety- yes that counts,

    thank you all for dropping by.

  • suziecat7 profile image


    9 years ago from Asheville, NC

    I grew tomatoes in the topsy turvy upside down tomato planter - does that count?

    I'll try basil this spring - thanks.

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    9 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for your helpful advice.

  • 2patricias profile image


    9 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

    I like trailing geraniums for decorative pots.

    Regarding vegetables, I have tried courgettes (zuchini) in pots but without success.


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